Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

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Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 April 2013
RecordedLate 2012–early 2013;
Puk Studios and Baby Factory, Denmark
Label Vertigo, Republic, Universal
Producer Robert Caggiano, Volbeat, Jacob Hansen
Volbeat chronology
Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie
Singles from Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
  1. "Cape of Our Hero"
    Released: 11 March 2013 [1]
  2. "The Hangman's Body Count"
    Released: 5 April 2013
  3. "Lola Montez"
    Released: 14 June 2013 [2]
  4. "Lonesome Rider"
    Released: 31 October 2013 [3]
  5. "Dead but Rising"
    Released: January 11, 2014
  6. "The Sinner is You"
    Released: April 3, 2014
  7. "Doc Holliday"
    Released: September 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Aesthetic Magazine Toronto Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
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Loudwire Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]

Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is the fifth studio album by Danish heavy metal band Volbeat. The album was released on 5 April 2013. The title refers to the outlaws and gunslingers of the 19th century. This is the band's first album with guitarist Rob Caggiano and their final album with bassist Anders Kjølholm. The track "Room 24", with vocalist King Diamond, was made available for the fans as a free download on 5 April 2013, and was later nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. [8]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Volbeat Danish metal band

Volbeat are a Danish rock band formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a fusion of rock and roll, heavy metal and rockabilly. Their current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano, drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen. The band is signed to Dutch label Mascot Records and has released six studio albums and one DVD. All of their studio albums have been certified gold in Denmark. Their second album Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil received platinum status, and their 2010 release Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was subject to widespread international critical acclaim, receiving double platinum in Denmark, platinum in Finland and Germany, and gold in the United States, Sweden and Austria. Volbeat's sixth album entitled Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie was released worldwide on 3 June 2016.

Rob Caggiano American guitarist

Robert "Rob" Caggiano is an American guitarist and producer. As of 2013, Caggiano is lead guitarist of the band Volbeat. Caggiano had formerly been lead guitarist of the thrash metal band Anthrax.



In January 2013, Volbeat revealed that they had been working on a new album which was named Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies and that it was set for a spring 2013 release

It was later announced that the former Anthrax lead guitarist, Rob Caggiano, would be producing the album as well as recording guest solos. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Caggiano had officially joined the band as its second guitarist, after being asked to do so by the other band members. Singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen said of the chemistry between Caggiano and the rest of the band, "The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!" [9] At the same time, it was announced that the album would be released on April 8, 2013 (GSA on April 5 and USA on April 9).

Anthrax (American band) American Thrash Metal Band

Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene from the 1980s and is one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer; Anthrax is the only one of the four from the East Coast, and often credited as one of the early thrash metal bands to emerge from there, along with Overkill and Nuclear Assault. As of April 2017, the band has released 11 studio albums, several other albums, and 26 singles, including collaborating on a single with American hip hop group Public Enemy. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Anthrax sold 2.5 million records in the United States from 1991 to 2004, with worldwide sales of 10 million.

Michael Poulsen Danish musician

Michael Schøn Poulsen is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.

In an interview on February 11, 2013, Poulsen told Metal Hammer magazine, "One of the things I’m most happy about this time is the contrast in the material, the range of the music; on the one side, you have the western motifs, the rockabilly / country songs, and the real emotional melodies, and on the other, some of the heaviest – actually, THE heaviest – songs we have ever recorded. There was a record company guy in the studio the other day, and he was absolutely blown away by the ultra-heavy stuff. He said he wasn’t even sure he was listening to Volbeat!". [10]

Commercial performance

The album entered the Billboard 200 in the United States at number nine. [11] The album sold 39,000 in its first week. [11] It is the first time a Danish act has charted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 since Aquarium by Aqua charted at number seven in 1997. [12] As of April 2016, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies had sold 308,000 copies in the US. [13]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

<i>Aquarium</i> (Aqua album) 1997 studio album by Aqua

Aquarium is the debut studio album by Danish-Norwegian band Aqua. The album was released in Scandinavia on March 26, 1997 and in the United States on September 9, 1997. Although the group had been together for three years under their original name Joyspeed, their only release under that name was a single called "Itzy Bitsy Spider". The album is best known for including the successful singles "Barbie Girl", "Doctor Jones" and "Turn Back Time", the first of those being a huge hit across the globe.

Aqua (band) Danish-Norwegian eurodance group

Aqua are a Danish-Norwegian Bubblegum pop music group, best known for their 1997 multi-platinum crossover single "Barbie Girl". The group formed in 1989 and achieved crossover success around the globe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group released three albums: Aquarium in 1997, Aquarius in 2000 and Megalomania in 2011. The group sold an estimated 33 million albums and singles, making them the most profitable Danish band ever.

The album entered the Media Control Charts in Germany at number one and received immediate gold status. The album sold more than 100,000 in its first week. [14]

In the United Kingdom, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies debuted at number 78 in the UK Albums Chart, selling 1,276 copies in its first week. As of June 2016, the album had sold 18,671 copies in the UK. [15]

The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.

Track listing

Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies Standard edition
1."Let's Shake Some Dust" Michael Poulsen Robert Caggiano, Poulsen1:28
2."Pearl Hart"PoulsenPoulsen3:27
3."The Nameless One"PoulsenPoulsen3:53
4."Dead but Rising"PoulsenPoulsen3:35
5."Cape of Our Hero"PoulsenPoulsen3:49
6."Room 24" (featuring King Diamond)Poulsen, King DiamondPoulsen5:07
7."The Hangman's Body Count"PoulsenPoulsen5:15
8."My Body" Sameer Gadhia Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Francois Comtois, Payam Doostzadeh 3:42
9."Lola Montez"PoulsenPoulsen4:28
10."Black Bart"PoulsenPoulsen4:48
11."Lonesome Rider" (featuring Sarah Blackwood)PoulsenPoulsen, Caggiano4:05
12."The Sinner Is You"PoulsenPoulsen, Caggiano4:15
13."Doc Holliday"PoulsenPoulsen5:46
14."Our Loved Ones"PoulsenPoulsen4:51
Total length:58:29

Tour Edition



Guest musicians


Chart (2013)Peak
Austrian Albums Chart [16] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) [17] 10
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) [18] 46
Canadian Albums Chart [19] 1
Danish Albums Chart [20] 1
Dutch Albums Chart [21] 4
Finnish Albums Chart [22] 2
French Albums Chart [23] 112
German Albums Chart [24] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart [25] 28
Norwegian Albums Chart [26] 1
Swedish Albums Chart [27] 4
Swiss Albums Chart [28] 1
UK Albums Chart [29] 78
US Billboard 200 [30] 9
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [31] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [32] 2

Year-end charts

Chart (2013)Position
Austrian Albums Chart [33] 11
Danish Albums Chart [34] 5
German Albums Chart [35] 8
US Billboard 200195
US Hard Rock Albums [36] 13
US Rock Albums [37] 55
Chart (2014)Position
US Hard Rock Albums [38] 18
Chart (2016)Position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [39]
Tour Edition
Chart (2017)Position
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) [40] 98


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria) [41] Platinum15,000*
Canada (Music Canada) [42] Gold40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) [43] 2× Platinum40,000^
Germany (BVMI) [44] 2× Platinum400,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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